First of all, the tithe was NEVER meant to be money. It was a tax on production FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE LEVITES. The Levites were, in turn to tithe to the priests for the purpose of ministry.
Malachi 3 was written to the priests, not the people. It’s funny how folks always bring up Malachi 3, but conveniently ignore Deuteronomy 14…
And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the Lord your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses, to set his name there, 25 then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses 26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.
That means you are to spend the tithe to get your eat on and drink on, LOL!
Furthermore, if you are tithing based on Malachi 3, you’re tithing under the law – which means you’re responsible for upholding the whole law (James 2:10). So no bacon with your breakfast or lobster dinner for your birthday!
Bottom line, give because it is right (Acts 20:35), it is a blessing (Luke 6:38), and give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
When someone tells you not tithing is sin, rest assured they’re more interested in cash flow than they are in the care of your soul.
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)